Climate change poses threat to fishing in coast

Coral reefs are the breeding grounds for fish. When they are destroyed, the population of fish is bound to fall. FILE PHOTO | NMG

What you need to know:

  • Coral reefs are a ridge of rock in the sea formed by the growth and deposit of coral and mainly act as a breeding ground for fish.
  • Mr Kimakwa says global warming led to a serious bleaching of the reefs in 2008 and 2016. Some of the worst bleaching events were experienced in 1998 in which between 50 per cent and 90 per cent of coral cover was lost.
  • Director General of Fisheries Suzan Imende says the government has had to intervene at the coast in order to preserve the coral reefs that are in danger of being completely wiped out.

Fisheries is undoubtedly the lifeline of the coast’s economy and a source of livelihood for thousands. It is also an important pillar of the national economy as it earns the national coffers billions a year.

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